Appalachian National Scenic Trail (2020)
The National Park Trust transferred ownership of 239 acres of land to the National Park Service in one of the most popular areas of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT). The landowner wanted to sell before the National Park Service could accept it, so in June 2019, the Park Trust stepped in as owner until it could become part of the AT. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Conservation Fund purchased the land with funds from the Virginia Outdoor Foundation. Thousands of hikers each year see Hogan Hollow from McAfee Knob; the 3,197-foot overlook is thought to be one of the most scenic views on the AT. They say people take the more pictures here than any other place on the Appalachian Trail. Permanent protection by the National Park Service preserves natural views without the disruption of development or logging on the land.